The Cook Islands are a collection of tiny pieces of paradise scattered across the Pacific Ocean. A place of warm smiles and friendly people, the atmosphere and glorious beaches of the Cook Islands are unforgettable. But holidays to the Cook Islands aren't complete by just visiting one island. Take to the skies on a scenic flight from Rarotonga to Aitutaki and islands beyond for the ultimate island-hopping holiday.
The largest island, Rarotonga, is a bustling hub of activity. But don’t let that put you off; the island is just as beautiful as its enchanting sisters. With lush greenery, volcanic peaks and rainforest blanketing its interior. While a 32-kilometre, round-the-island road links the beaches, lagoons and reefs. For adventure, head into the mountains and forests for a 4WD guided tour. Or, to get a taste of the captivating culture, visit Te Vara Nui, a cultural village. Here you can see carving demonstrations, costume making, dancing, and learn about the traditional songs and myths.
Aitutaki is the next closest island to Rarotonga and the two make an idyllic island holiday duo. Aitutaki – thought to be the most beautiful of the Cooks – is famous for its lagoon studded with 15 islets and bright coral. For those who want to explore the islands' underwater treasures, Aitutaki's lagoon won't disappoint. Its crystal-clear waters are perfect for getting up close to the unique marine life.
Holidays in the Cook Islands give you the chance to do as much or as little as you like. Snorkel, hike, sail or explore the local lifestyle. Experience the Kia Orana spirit and discover why everyone loves these 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific.